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Facebook's Standalone Video Chat App Enters Testing

Facebook's Standalone Video Chat App Enters Testing”

The existence of Facebook's Bonfire app was first reported back in July. It was revealed that the company had developed a standalone video chat app. The app has now entered testing.

The description on app store clearly explains it as "Group video chat". And now, Facebook has quietly released a group video chat app on iOS called Bonfire in Denmark.

At the time, the app was rumored to be incredibly similar to other group video chat app HouseParty, and The Next Web confirms this is the case. TNW got hold of the app and found that Bonfire lets users adorn themselves with several Snapchat-style effects, as well as share pictures from the chats through Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger. Inviting your Facebook friends triggers a notification on Facebook's website and Messenger. Once they join the chat, the formats can be switched so that all participants get equal screen real estate or one where the person speaker get's a bigger video tile. Now, as spotted by The Next Web, it appears it's popped up in the Danish Apple App Store.

A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed to the scribe that "We're running a very small test in Denmark of an app we call Bonfire". But the Facebook representative deny to further comment and share more details. Although we expect that number to grow exponentially once Facebook expands it to other regions and introduces it formally to the world. Having Bonfire work alongside Messenger should give it some exposure and traction when it launches more widely.



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